The Law of Unintended Consequences

01/31/2009

Our politicians just don’t seem to get it. We’re now in a depression but they think it’s open season on spending in the name of “stimulus” or “recovery.” It’s only piling more debt and inflation on the liability heap, guaranteeing a more violent economic blowout in the near future.

James Quinn is a strategic developer for the Wharton School of Business. His recent op ed piece “Unintended Consequences” performed a detailed chronology of unintended consequences that lead us to the current crisis along with a sober projection of where our politicians are steering us; there’s a wide gulf between congressional attitudes and economic reality, making them irrelevant.

The movie “Valkyrie” with Tom Cruise hit movie screens recently. Each day fewer people remain who remember the brave actions of small heroes during World War II. It’s important to hear their stories. Diet Eman was a member of the Dutch resistance who sheltered Jews. Her life story is contained in “Things We Couldn’t Say,” and she imparts some of those to us.

We hear a lot about “common good” nowadays. John’s boralogue analyzes the difference between the old meaning of that term and the new progressive collectivist meaning. One means you are taken care of by society and the other means you’re just taken for what you have.

 

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